I'm growing gourds for the first time this year and now have 1/2 dozen bushel gourd vines meandering through my garden beds. I've been reading what I can find about growing them, but still feel like I don't know what I'm doing.
These vines have had dozens of male flowers on them, but until I pinched off the ends, they hadn't produced any female ones. Now that I've finally got a couple of baby gourds forming, I'm wondering if I should have cut off the ends of the vines earlier. A couple of them are over a dozen feet long and are starting to form side branches. Is that where the female flowers form, or will they also grow on the main vine?
Will the vines root along their length? I'm wondering if I'll need to water them anywhere other than where the seedling was planted. Sure hope I end up with something to show for all this water I'm pouring into the ground, but if not, they still make pretty impressive plants.
I dug a little compost into the ground when I planted them...do I need to do any fertilizing while they're growing? Should I limit each vine to a certain number of fruit?